The 75-year-old Lars Bills had been living under round-the-clock police guard since 2007
NEW DELHI — Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who stirred worldwide controversy in 2007 with drawings depicting the holy Prophet Muhammad in a derogatory way was killed in a car crash near the town of Markaryd in southern Sweden on Sunday.
The 75-year-old artist had been living under round-the-clock police guard following threats against his life since the publication of the cartoons. The cartoons offended Muslims over the world who regard visual representation of the Prophet as blasphemous.
Vilks was reported to be travelling in a police vehicle which collided with a truck. Two police officers were also killed along with him, reports Reuters.
The police have remarked that while the basis for the accident remains unknown, as things stand there is nothing to suggest foul play.
According to media reports, the car, which had left Stockholm and was heading south, was running at high speed when it hit the truck.
A large fire broke out after the accident and a number of emergency vehicles attended at the scene.
Police said they did not know why the car drove into the wrong lane but they were investigating whether a tyre might have exploded, reports Aljazeera.